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Tommy2Times 04-05-2012 10:35 AM

hard top lifting device. made your own?
 
Has anyone made their own device to lift of their hardtop? I want to take mine on and off and not use my soft top this summer because of my new living location. Seems pretty simple. Anyone?

bobthetj03 04-05-2012 10:52 AM

Simple and effective!

VA Jeeper 04-05-2012 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by bobthetj03 (Post 2222972)
Simple and effective!


Nice. So you unblot the top ,slide the boards under and pull it up?

I need to make something I can do My LJ top by myself. Anyone know how much an LJ hardtop weighs?

UnlimitedLJ04 04-05-2012 11:15 AM

i made two....
the LJ hard top weighs around 200 lbs....IIRC. i had originally thought ~250, but now i think thats a bit high...i think the SWB TJ hard top is ~160 lbs?

my first hard top hoist was actually my first welding project. used some schedule 40 pipe and made a big H-pattern. straps the hard top to it, and lift the top into the ceiling with a HF 440/800lb electric hoist. i could install/remove the top by myself with this...but a helper to guide the swinging top was almost a necessity for my tiny single car garage.

second one i made is just some tie-down straps & heavy duty hooks drilled into the rafters. i moved into a different place, with a finished garage and the neighbor's bedroom upstairs, so i couldn't utilize the rafters to mount the hoist.... now I need a helper...we take the top off by hand, lay it on some 2x4's, and then slowly lift it up inch by inch with tie-downs. it works.

Duma 04-05-2012 12:01 PM

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I made one from an old GM roof rack. Bought pulleys, rope, 3 hooks and a tie-down from the local hardware store. I basically copied the design from the ones sold online. Had the roof rack, spent $58 total. The pulleys are both doubles so plenty of leverage. Works great.

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Tommy2Times 04-06-2012 10:05 AM

They look great! I was trying some ideas yesterday. I don't have a garage so a "frame" will have to be built outside. Just to lift on and off. Wouldn't store it hanging anywhere.

Tommy2Times 04-06-2012 10:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Duma
I made one from an old GM roof rack. Bought pulleys, rope, 3 hooks and a tie-down from the local hardware store. I basically copied the design from the ones sold online. Had the roof rack, spent $58 total. The pulleys are both doubles so plenty of leverage. Works great.

I love the hooks, haven't seen anything similar, do you remember where you bought them?

Duma 04-06-2012 01:23 PM

I found them at the local Ace hardware. Like $3 each. I assume Sears, Lowes etc would carry them too?

Tommy2Times 04-07-2012 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Duma
I found them at the local Ace hardware. Like $3 each. I assume Sears, Lowes etc would carry them too?

Checked a sears and hd, no go. But there is am ace locally. I'll try there.


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